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Armed robbery suspect sought by Cherokee Sheriff


photo/Cherokee Sheriff's Office

     Cherokee County, Ga. May 5, 2017.   On Friday, May 05, 2017 at approximately 0349 hours Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to an armed robbery call at the Quik Trip convenience store located at 4865 Holly Springs Pkwy in Canton.  It was reported that a black male entered the store and made contact with the clerk.  The male displayed a knife and demanded the cash out of the registers.

Read more: Armed robbery suspect sought by Cherokee Sheriff

Inmate commits suicide in Pickens jail

Press Release from 
Pickens Sheriff’s Office
Pickens County Georgia, May 1, 2017: During the night of Friday, April 28th, an inmate hung himself in a holding cell of the Adult Detention Center. Detention Officers located the inmate  hanging from the bunk bed in his holding cell.
Detention Officers immediately began CPR and continued to do CPR and attempted to use an AED defibrillator until the arrival of Emergency Medical Personnel. Upon the arrival of medical personnel, the inmate [name not being published/released] was transported to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, where he was pronounced after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Read more: Inmate commits suicide in Pickens jail

Dr. Carlton Wilson named superintendent finalist in 3-2 vote

front wilson Dr. Carlton Wilson

      In a surprising 3-2 vote, Dr. Carlton Wilson has been selected as sole finalist for the Pickens County School Superintendent, beating out an unprecedented 48 candidates for the position. 

     See this week's print or online editions for Dr. Wilson's response to concerns from school board members Byron Long and Delane Lewis, who voted against his approval as finalist. Also see a full statement from Dr. Wilson on his selection as the sole finalist. 

Pickens trapper hoping to snare the limelight

Upcoming reality show and documentary will feature Mike Cain 


Left: Mike Cain with a coyote caught at the 

Pickens airport. Cain’s daily work as a trapper is the subject of a reality show in the works.

Right: Trappers Mike Cain and Tim Chancey with a big hog caught this week near Monument Road.  The old boar was keeping other pigs out of the trap. Cain hopes with this one gone, he can quickly catch the “sounder.”


Mike Cain, the colorful owner of Cain’s Wildlife Removal, will soon be taking his critter-catching work to televised audiences with both a documentary and a reality show coming.

Cain, who has trapped coyote, beaver, wild pigs; removed squirrels, bats and raccoons from attics; and posted online videos of the work, caught the attention of filmmakers this year.

He has a part in a documentary about coyotes in Georgia for Netflix, and a part in a separate reality show he described as along the lines of popular Duck Dynasty.

     See full story in this week's print or online editions.  

REPOSTED: Teacher pay in Pickens reported as ninth highest in state

This story was originally printed in the October 13, 2016 edition of the Pickens Progress. This article has been referenced several times publicly, most recently at a Pickens Seniors for Change meeting and in a Letter to the Editor, which cited it as being inaccurate. We stand by the original story and are reposting it exactly as it was printed.  


     At a recent meeting of the Pickens County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Lula Mae Perry referenced an article published in the AJC back in August titled “Teacher Pay in Georgia: Which Georgia school system pays teachers most?” The article ranked Pickens 

with the ninth highest paid teachers in the state, on aver- age. 

Dr. Perry and the board appeared pleased with the ranking and expressed their support for teachers. The Progress followed up with a few questions to find out a little more about why teachers here make about $4,000 more annually than the state average of $54,750, and to learn how teacher pay is calculated.

Read more: REPOSTED: Teacher pay in Pickens reported as ninth highest in state